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Film director Richard Attenborough moves into care home because of deteriorating health

The 89-year-old director of Oscar-winning film Gandhi is now too unwell to take care of himself, according to family members. He has suffered from health problems from a head wound he sustained in 2008 after falling over and going into a coma.

His wife Sheila Sim, 90, also lives at the home, which caters to elderly and sick entertainers. Last year it emerged that she suffers from senile dementia.

Lord Attenborough, star of films including Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, Elizabeth, Brighton Rock and Flight of the Phoenix, sold his house in Richmond, London, for £11.5million last year.

His brother, TV wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough, said: 'It simply isn’t practical to keep it.'

Lord Attenborough’s theatre director son Michael, 63, yesterday confirmed his parents' move to the care home in West London. He told the Daily Express: 'The family home has been sold and he has been at a care home with his wife since then.' He added that his father had never fully recovered from the incident in 2008, when he suffered a suspected stroke, and now finds it difficult to communicate and get around.

Lord Attenborough joked at the time: 'I scared the living daylights out of Sheila, had some time in hospital. They were all fussing around.'

The Oscar-winning director and actor has appeared in 74 films since the 1942 war film In Which We Serve. Gandhi, which he directed in 1982, won eight Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 1408/24/2014

Has Alyson Reed weighed in on this?

by Anonymousreply 103/25/2013

Their combined age is 180.

I rememeber him being very pleasant to me at the London National Film Theatre in 1970 (I was a teeager) when we were all waiting to enter for Dirk Bogarde's Q&A session - he was chatting away to me, with his wife, and took my programme to sign it even though I did not ask him to ! It sounds too much like an obituary to say he was a true gentleman, but he was and is.

At least they have enough money to spend their final years in style and being cared for.

by Anonymousreply 203/25/2013

He had/has a great career but he will always be the owner of Jurrasic Park to 8 year old me.

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2013

Any DLers see 10 Rillington Place? One of the most disturbing movies about murder ever. He is great (disturbing) in it.

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2013

Very sad. At least he is with his wife.

by Anonymousreply 503/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 603/30/2013

Is his wife a relative of Alastair Sim?

by Anonymousreply 703/30/2013

is he related to David Attenborough of the Nature programming?

by Anonymousreply 803/30/2013

Yes, they are brothers, R8.

by Anonymousreply 903/30/2013

"Gandhi" sucked.

by Anonymousreply 1003/30/2013

[bold] Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90 [/bold]

by Anonymousreply 1108/24/2014

Is he survived by his widow (she's older than him!)?

by Anonymousreply 1208/24/2014

Too bad about A Chorus Line

by Anonymousreply 1308/24/2014

He was fine as an actor in those 40s and 50s films like Brighton Rock, In Which We Serve, and chilling as murderer Christie in 10 Rillington Place.

I liked his first film as director,Oh What A Lovely War, in 1969 - but had not much interest in his later films as director, like Chaplin or A Chorus Line, which I never wanted to see. Gandhi was an impressive achievement though.

He actually chatted away to me and insisted on signing my programme when I was waiting to enter the London National Film Theatre in 1970 for Dirk Bogarde's lecture and discussion, he and his wife were next to me and very friendly. Dear Dickie, indeed.

by Anonymousreply 1408/24/2014
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